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Posted: April 06, 2007, 3:01 pm Quote

I just saw this article online and post it here as "informational", but with no personal editorial remarks! :)


DISNEY OPENS WEDDINGS TO GAY COUPLES  

Apr 6 02:17 PM US/Eastern
By GARY GENTILE
Associated Press Writer        


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Same-sex couples who want to exchange vows in front of Cinderella's Castle now have the chance.
The Walt Disney Co. had limited its Fairy Tale Wedding program to couples with valid marriage licenses, but it is now making ceremonies at its parks available to gay couples as well.

"We believe this change is consistent with Disney's long-standing policy of welcoming every guest in an inclusive environment," Disney Parks and Resorts spokesman Donn Walker said Friday. "We want everyone who comes to celebrate a special occasion at Disney to feel welcome and respected."

The company said it made the change after being contacted by a gay couple who wanted to use the wedding service, which offers ceremonies at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney's cruise ships.

The service offers flowers, dining, music and many optional Disney touches, from ceremonies in front of the parks' iconic attractions to having Mickey and Minnie Mouse in formal wear as guests. The packages start at $8,000 and can cost more than $45,000.  

Groups not affiliated with Disney have held annual "gay days" celebrations at Disney parks for years. Company officials have taken a tolerant attitude to the weekend, allowing party promoters to rent out parks after hours and rebuffing religious groups that condemned Disney.

In 2005, Southern Baptists ended an eight-year boycott of the Walt Disney Co. for violating "moral righteousness and traditional family values."



Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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Posted: April 06, 2007, 3:32 pm Quote

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What a shame!!!!!  Walt is rolling in his grave.  When Disneyland first opened he didn't even allow men with long hair (hippies) in the park.  I wonder what he is thinking of this tradgedy???  

Do I really want my small children to be exposed to this???  No way!!!

By no means am I bashing homosexuals, I just don't want it shoved in front of my children at the "Happiest place on earth"

Maybe now it should be called "The Gayest Place on Earth".

What has happened to America??????  :dead:

Pelosi? Fake Global Warming?  Undermining of our hero soldiers? Now Disneyland???  America has gone down the tubes!!!!  :hurt:


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Posted: April 06, 2007, 4:30 pm Quote

Lisa, I read this in my news this morning...  Donald, While I can't say I disagree with what you posted, I will say this much... Walt's opinion doesn't matter very much at Disney any more... and I think all of us here know that...I don't think Disney is going to shove it down our throats... I think they have finally decided with this decision to accept this as a way of life.  By doing that, I am sure that a lot of the Christians that had started going back to WDW and to Disney movies will be rethinking before doing it again.   I don't think this means that WDW or any Disney park will be overtaken by gays.  
    Actually, they didn't have hippies back in the '50s.  But, they did have very strict hair and dress codes they went by... on opening day, women wore high heeled pumps... which promptly sank in the newly lain asphalt.  While I honestly don't agree with Disney's decision to do this, I am going to wait and see what happens before I jump into the fray and decide I won't ever visit the one place on earth I feel most comfortable because of it.


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Posted: April 06, 2007, 9:52 pm Quote

It has been a long time since I posted anything on the Echo (too long) but there are times when someone has to jump back when current events force opinions - and this is one of those times.
I cannot believe that just when they appeared to be entering a more mainstream values line of thinking that Disney would start what will certainly be another round of conflicts within the American public. While they could deny "gay days" as an unsanctioned event, and have the extension of employment benifits be an "across the board" set of rules covering all aspects of the company (Capital Cities etc.), there is no getting around this issue. On a secular side, Florida does not even recognize gay marrage as legally binding. On a moral side it is a slap in the face to anyone opposing the gay lifestyle. I am more than certain this might make Rosie happy, but it has resulted in a basic statement of "we openly support this segment of society regardless of what another segment of America thinks".
This is a low moment in the history of our beloved company I am afraid.


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Posted: April 06, 2007, 10:54 pm Quote

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It has been a long time since I posted anything on the Echo (too long) but there are times when someone has to jump back when current events force opinions - and this is one of those times.
I cannot believe that just when they appeared to be entering a more mainstream values line of thinking that Disney would start what will certainly be another round of conflicts within the American public. While they could deny "gay days" as an unsanctioned event, and have the extension of employment benifits be an "across the board" set of rules covering all aspects of the company (Capital Cities etc.), there is no getting around this issue. On a secular side, Florida does not even recognize gay marrage as legally binding. On a moral side it is a slap in the face to anyone opposing the gay lifestyle. I am more than certain this might make Rosie happy, but it has resulted in a basic statement of "we openly support this segment of society regardless of what another segment of America thinks".
This is a low moment in the history of our beloved company I am afraid.



Eric, glad to see you post, buddy.... totally agree with you... (and I hate that it will make the Queen of Not Nice happy....  )


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Posted: April 07, 2007, 6:52 am Quote

I'm sad at this turn of events too...it won't stop me from visiting but I sure hope I don't run into Rosie and her "significant other" renewing their "vows"!  The downturn of society's morals is so depressing...

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Posted: April 07, 2007, 8:04 am Quote

If there is a bright side to this, I believe that when they're talking about allowing gay weddings "in front of Cinderella's Castle" as the AP writer put it, what is actually allowed is how all other weddings have been done in the Magic Kingdom near the castle: in the fenced, grassy area east of the Hub near the walkway to Tomorrowland, in view of the castle (not directly in front of it, actually off to the side).

So it isn't as "in your face" as the writer wants to convey, I believe. However, it sure makes you wonder what a family winning the free night in Cindy's castle would think, waking up one morning seeing a ceremony like this taking place out on "their" "front lawn"...
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For that matter, the "newly-wed" couple might win a night in the castle themselves... Now, what would Walt think about that!
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Posted: April 08, 2007, 1:02 am Quote

Was it the threat of lawsuits that made The Walt Disney Company change its policy on in-park weddings?



    Disney relents over 'fairytale' gay weddings

    By Andrew Buncombe in Washington, the Belfast Independent

    April 7, 2007

    In the world of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, a sense of fairness and equilibrium has been restored. Having sparked widespread controversy by insisting that same-sex couples were not eligible to have "fairytale weddings" at their US resorts, the Walt Disney Company has had a change of heart; gays, too, can now participate in the saccharine-sweet, faux adventure that is a Disney-arranged marriage.

    What was it that caused the shift in policy? Was there an outcry from Cinderella, did Tinkerbell cause a fuss, did the fairy queens of Disney protest?

    That is unclear. Disney says the change in policy was prompted simply by a "an inquiry from a guest that asked about the service". A Disney spokesman, Jacob DiPietre, told The Independent: "It's a slight change. Now, wedding ceremonies, celebrations, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals are offered at the Walt Disney pavilions. Previously, commitment ceremonies were offered at other venues and the change is that they are now offered at the pavilions [where the fairytale wedding package takes place]. That is the change."

    Mr DiPietre denied the change in policy was brought about by the criticism from the gay community and elsewhere after it emerged that Disney had ruled that while gay couples could organise their own weddings or commitment ceremonies at rented rooms at their resorts in California and Florida, they were not eligible to purchase their fairytale wedding packages. The packages consist of various options to ensure "your wedding day is everything you have always dreamt it would be. This is the magic of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings".

    The company had originally claimed that it could not offer the service if a couple did not provide them with a legal wedding certificate from the state in which the resorts are located. The claim last month sparked a reaction from campaigners who pointed out that the service Disney was offering was a wedding ceremony rather than a wedding licence. They also pointed out that in California, Disney may have been in breach of state legislation that prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation.

    Mr DePietre said yesterday: "We believe the new policy is consistent with our long-standing tradition of welcoming all guests in an inclusive environment. We want everyone who celebrates their special occasions with us to feel welcome and respected." Disney's fairytale wedding packages start at $8,000 (£4,000) and include a wedding planner, the ceremony, food and drinks, flowers and table decorations. The so-called "lavish wedding" option also includes a ride to the ceremony in the Cinderella coach and costumed trumpeters that mark the arrival of the couple - at night, if wanted. The cartoon characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse also attend the ceremony, dressed in formal attire. For years Disney has come under fire from right-wing religious conservatives, among them the powerful Southern Baptist Convention, which accused the company of promoting a gay agenda. For eight years the group had enforced a boycott of Disney, criticising it for corporate policies such as providing health benefits to same-sex partners of employees, allowing "Gay Day" celebrations at its theme parks and airing a prime-time television show on its ABC network featuring the lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres. The boycott was dropped only in 2005.

    Disney's decision to open its fairytale wedding package to same-sex couples was yesterday welcomed by members of the gay community. Writing on the gay website AfterElton.Com, Michael Jensen said: "I congratulate Disney on stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing. In fact, I think everyone should get in touch with Disney to thank them for making this change, as I have no doubt at all that the homophobes will be out in droves screaming that Disney's treatment of gay and lesbian couples somehow discriminates against their religious beliefs."



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Posted: April 08, 2007, 12:43 pm Quote

Eric,

I totally agree with you . . . Glad to see you post!


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Posted: April 08, 2007, 2:08 pm Quote

Eric, I agree with you as well, and it has been too long buddy.

So, if I, for some reason, find myself no longer married and want a commitment ceremony with my current boyfriend, I can, for the right price, get "committed" there?  I think the policy of needing a valid marriage license was fair and nondiscriminatory.  

I think that gays and lesbians should be treated equally, but this is not equal, this is making an exception for them.  If a nongay couple had called, they would have been told that they needed a valid license.  This change is solely for them.  That is not equal, that is giving special treatment and I am against that.


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